Paleo Raspberry Almond Scones (+ an almond glaze)

Paleo Raspberry Almond Scones (+ an almond glaze)

These scones were a total happy accident. I had a friend coming over for some coffee & girl time and really wanted to make my favorite Paleo blueberry turmeric scones for us. But I was completely out of blueberries! Oops.. that‚Äôs what happens when I only meal plan our actual meals and not extra treats. ūüėČ Thankfully, I noticed I had some organic raspberries in the freezer and decided to experiment with those. I am so¬†happy I did! These Paleo Raspberry Almond Scones are so scrumptious! Using clean and natural ingredients, no artificial anything, a delicious and decadent treat can be whipped up in no time. I planned to use my blueberry turmeric recipe as the base and just swap a few ingredients to compliment the flavor changes but I was also out of the flour I typically use. And with baking you kind of have to be precise right? Well, thankfully with this recipe, all of my wild substitutions totally turned out! Originally I used a combination of coconut flour and almond flour, but doing so also required another egg to help retain some moisture. I‚Äôve since made these scones several times (way more times in a very short time period than I care to admit‚Ķ ok 7 times!) And I prefer¬†the recipe I‚Äôm sharing with you the absolute best! It omits the coconut flour and only needs 1 egg! I had several taste testers chime in on which recipe they liked best as well- and they all agreed unanimously that this recipe right here is the winner! The only thing my taste testers couldn’t agree on was...
Take A Meal That Heals- A Recipe Roundup

Take A Meal That Heals- A Recipe Roundup

Do you want to bring a meal to a friend but can‚Äôt decide what to bring? Or maybe you already have a list of go-to meals to take to those in need, but your¬†friend has different¬†dietary preferences than you are used to accommodating? Well, consider this recipe round up the jackpot of ideas for you to turn to! These can be made for¬†anyone, anytime, but for a super easy guide, let’s use this key:   (M) For new moms ¬†{*See breastfeeding notes¬†at bottom of post} (D) For the friend healing from dental work – think flavorful but easy to chew (I) For the friend¬†fighting illness   All the recipes listed are free of processed/artificial ingredients¬†and are nutrient-dense! These are meals that heal!¬† MAIN DISH: M, I¬†Ginger Chicken¬† This recipe is from Kelly over at A Girl Worth Saving and it’s got so much going for it! It’s Paleo so it uses only whole food, clean ingredients as well as having the added benefit of ginger as one of the main ingredients. Ginger has a humongous list of health benefits you can read about here, but most notably it can help ease nausea and upset stomach¬†and has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. D, I¬†Red Lentil Dal¬†– This recipe makes use of curry to flavor and spice the lentils- a major player in curry is¬†turmeric. Turmeric¬†is a super important anti-inflammatory, which at the most basic level “helps the body fight foreign invaders and also has a role in repairing damage”¬†but you can read lots more about turmeric’s healing benefits here. I Chunky Chicken & Vegetable Soup Is there anything better than chicken soup...
Homemade BBQ Sauce that’s bold, tangy, sweet & smoky!

Homemade BBQ Sauce that’s bold, tangy, sweet & smoky!

Some of my favorite things to make from scratch these days are sauces, dressings and dips. Pairing your meal with the right sauce can really elevate a dish’s flavor. Most store-bought versions of sauces, dips and dressings have added artificial flavors, colors, and sugars. I’m super sensitive to MSG and artificial ingredients in things off the shelf, so I decided to just start making things from scratch with wholesome ingredients. I was thoroughly and pleasantly surprised to discover how easy many of my favorites were to make from home! Most that I make use less than a handful of ingredients, while not compromising on flavor, and are truly easy to whip up.  Awhile back I was on this serious pizza craving kick! Every meal I just wanted a big old pizza! And the one I was craving? California Pizza Kitchen’s BBQ Chicken Pizza. Back in college, my dear friend Mary and I used to go and split that pizza and their spinach and artichoke dip. Yum. It had been too long since I enjoyed a slice of it, but with no CPK near by, I decided to venture into making a homemade BBQ sauce that would stand up to that pizza.  And this… THIS is my new favorite!  It’s such a solid and delicious recipe that I included the full BBQ Chicken Pizza recipe on my Spring Menu! But I don’t want to hold this BBQ sauce hostage from you just because you have yet to buy the meal plan… so I’m sharing it right here right now for you to enjoy!  Homemade BBQ Sauce This one has a bold...
Homemade Mint Chocolate Larabar Recipe

Homemade Mint Chocolate Larabar Recipe

Ahhh mint! One of my favorite flavors. of. all. time.¬†I have always enjoyed¬†eating anything¬†minty-¬†thin mint Girl Scout cookies, peppermint frappes and mint chip ice cream, to name a few… (Do you see a sugar connection between all of those listed? Totally. Me too. It’s no secret.) But I also enjoy mint tea and using fresh mint in Mediterranean-style meals. ¬†I actually¬†have some pretty fond memories chewing on fresh-picked mint leaves from my family’s old backyard as a little girl.¬†I’m just a mint loving girl! So when I was doing some online shopping at Thrive Market, and saw Simply Organic’s¬†Peppermint¬†extract for a super low price of about $3,¬†I clicked “add to cart” without hesitation. Because why resist having yummy mint extract in my pantry for all my baking needs? ūüėČ It was delivered in less than 3 days and in that time, I had already decided I’d compliment the mint flavor with¬†the addition of chocolate. (Because, again… why not?) YUM! I went for a date-sweetened mint chocolate Larabar (adapted from my JOY Bar recipe) and this was the result. It’s so yummy! I posted this pic as¬†a little teaser on my Facebook and Instagram¬†to see if I was alone in my mint obsession or if you wanted the recipe and the vote was unanimous- I am not alone. So here it is for your tasting pleasure. So Long Thin Mint Cookies, Hello Homemade Mint Chocolate Larabars! PrintHomemade Mint Chocolate Larabar Recipe Prep Time: 5 minutesTotal Time: 5 minutes Ingredients1 cup dates 1 cup almonds 1 tsp peppermint extract 3 TBS cacao powder ¬ľ cup chocolate chipsInstructionsAdd everything to your food...
Oven-Roasted Sweet Potato Steak Fries

Oven-Roasted Sweet Potato Steak Fries

Roasted veggies make their way to my family’s table¬†at least once a week. ¬†Roasting just does something seriously good to veggies. ¬†I always¬†say: “If you don’t like a vegetable, try roasting it before you rule it out altogether, because eating it roasted just might change your mind.”¬† We roast sweet potatoes in all different shapes and sizes depending on our given mood. And the other night, my husband hit the sweet potato jackpot! He was helping prep the veggies while I was focused on coating the fish in a cashew crust (I was making paleo fish sticks– a recipe that may or may not make it’s way to the blog, but will definitely be on the menu for spring). Anyway, he decide to cut the sweet potatoes into long and thick wedges and oh.my.goodness! The result? AMAZING!!!¬† Comes together in less than 30 minutes. Give it a try! PrintOven-Roasted Sweet Potato Steak Fries Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 16 minutesTotal Time: 26 minutes Serving Size: 4 Ingredients4-5 sweet potatoes 1 TBS oil (coconut or olive oil) salt & pepper to tasteInstructionsPreheat oven to 425. Rinse sweet potatoes, dry and peel. Slice into long wedges. (As shown in our lil home video.) Put wedges into a bowl and drizzle with oil & season with salt and pepper. Mix around to evenly coat wedges with oil and seasoning. Set out on a parchment-lined baking sheet (or well greased pan). Bake for 16-18 min or until lightly golden brown and slightly crisp on the outside. (You can definitely flip half way though, but not necessary. The results will still be delicious!) 3.0http://www.savoringjoy.com/oven-roasted-sweet-potato-steak-fries/...
Chocolate Chip Pancakes & Raspberry Sauce

Chocolate Chip Pancakes & Raspberry Sauce

I don’t know if pancakes became romantic after Jack Johnson wrote that song or if they’ve always had a sweet, “linger and enjoy” type of call to them, but either way-¬†I think pancakes are just perfect for a romantic breakfast. My hubby and I have enjoyed pancakes for breakfast on Valentine‚Äôs Day for a few years now, but they’ve been making an appearance much for frequently these days thanks to this delicious recipe! These fluffy beauties make their way to our table at least twice a month, sometimes even for dinner. ¬†(Ain’t no shame in having breakfast for dinner!) The original recipe is pretty perfect on its own, but I love tinkering with things to make it a lil more me. To give it a Savoring Joy spin we: ALWAYS double it (make once eat 2-3xs at its finest) Use honey instead of sugar Add 1 scoop of protein powder (or 2 TBS collagen), 1 TBS fiber Our favorite is to add a sprinkle of cinnamon along with blueberries and sliced bananas. When I’m feeling fancy, I use¬†almond extract instead of vanilla. YUM! All that to say, this recipe is highly adaptable. ¬†I’ve had good success with almond milk, coconut milk, and breastmilk. ¬†(JUST KIDDING!) Wanted to see if anyone’s reading these little details ūüėČ What I really meant is cow’s¬†milk works great, too. ¬†You really can’t go wrong. In honor of Valentines Day, I decided to add chocolate chips to the pancakes¬†and pair with a¬†raspberry sauce. ¬†Oh, and totally¬†used some cutesy heart cookie cutters to make em in true Valentine’s Day fashion. <3 PrintRaspberry Sauce Prep Time: 2...